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Title: Traveling wave parametric amplifier with Josephson junctions using minimal resonator phase matching

Josephson parametric amplifiers have become a critical tool in superconducting device physics due to their high gain and quantum-limited noise. Traveling wave parametric amplifiers (TWPAs) promise similar noise performance, while allowing for significant increases in both bandwidth and dynamic range. We present a TWPA device based on an LC-ladder transmission line of Josephson junctions and parallel plate capacitors using low-loss amorphous silicon dielectric. Crucially, we have inserted λ/4 resonators at regular intervals along the transmission line in order to maintain the phase matching condition between pump, signal, and idler and increase gain. We achieve an average gain of 12 dB across a 4 GHz span, along with an average saturation power of −92 dBm with noise approaching the quantum limit.
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  1. Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-9530 (United States)
  2. (United States)
  3. Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22412578
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 24; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; DIELECTRIC MATERIALS; GHZ RANGE 01-100; JOSEPHSON JUNCTIONS; PARAMETRIC AMPLIFIERS; RESONATORS; SILICON; SUPERCONDUCTING DEVICES; TRAVELLING WAVES